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Disk Drill by Cleverfiles www.cleverfiles.com

Disk Drill by Cleverfiles www.cleverfiles.com

Who hasn’t at one time or another accidentally deleted something they should not have. Disk Drill is a data recovery software that might just help you recover that file. Disk Drill comes in several version: Free, Pro, and Business. For the average consumer, free may be all you need, but if you want the ability to really get at data you lost or overwritten, then you really should look at the pro version. Of course recovering data can only be recovered if the original file on your hard drive has not been overwritten yet. Your file is on your computer in the form of zeros and ones.

Disk Drill allows you to select which drive(s) you want to protect. It runs a recovery vault over the hard drives or disks it has been asked to protect. It essentially keeps an index of your file’s meta information.

Disk Recovery allows you to limit your scans of your hard drive or perform a deep scan of the entire hard drive. Depending on the size of your hard drive this may take some time. A deep scan of a hard drive over 700 gb will take several hours.

Recovering a file once it has been found is simple. You are given a list of files that the program has found. Simply select which files you would like to retrieve and the location you would like them saved.

It doesn’t bog down the computer or seem to eat up system resources while it is running. I could easily watch a video and edit photos while the program was running a deep system scan and recovering / saving lost information.

I think it is certainly a helpful addition to using Apple’s Time Machine. All the extra back-up and protection you can get is always worth the investment in my book.

CWAUG members can purchase this software with a 20% discount using code MUGDXDD-CF